Happy days in Happy Valley!

Will Krug now batting .329 with 15 stolen bases On Sunday, Illinois completed a sweep at Penn State (17-19, 5-6 Big Ten) behind the pitching of Ryan Castellanos.  Penn State had the lead in each of the three games this weekend and two of the games were truly comeback efforts with Nit leads in the […]

Illinois test their luck against Penn State this weekend

Catcher Jason Goldstein takes a team leading .377 batting average into this weekend This weekend, the Illini baseball team travel to State College to reverse their recent downward trend against Penn State (17-16, 5-3 Big Ten).  After winning ten of eleven games, Illinois (18-14, 6-3) has now lost three straight including a 6-2 loss on […]

Illinois drops last game to Michigan 4-2

A fine performance but no decision for John Kravetz today Illinois didn’t take advantage of a solid pitching performance by starter John Kravetz and dropped the last game of their three game series to Michigan 4-2.  The winds were still blowing out to left center but both starters managed to keep the ball in the […]

Illinois Baseball to host Wolverines this weekend

Shortstop Adam Walton brings a 10-game hitting streak into this weekend After two Big Ten weekends, Illinois Baseball is off to a 5-1 conference start (17-11 overall).  That by the way, is the best Big Ten start under Coach Dan Hartleb’s reign.  Illinois hopes to continue their good luck against slightly stiffer competition at home […]

Kravetz takes Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors

With the three game sweep of the Wildcats this weekend, I had a feeling the Big Ten was going to throw an award the Illini’s way this week.  Sure enough, John Kravetz was named Pitcher of the Week.  He becomes the second Illini to receive the award.  Kevin Duchene was dubbed Pitcher of the Week […]

Illini sweep the Wildcats behind Kravetz’ strong Sunday performance

Eight shutout innings for John Kravetz For the second time this weekend, the Illini shut out Northwestern.  On Sunday, John Kravetz pitched a career high scoreless eight innings for his third win of season.   The Illinois offense managed just one run today but that’s all they would need behind Kravetz’ pitching.  David Kerian singled in […]

I-57 series: Illini take on Wildcats in Evanston this weekend

John Kravetz is back in the rotation this week Illinois Baseball makes its first road trip to a Big Ten school this weekend as they head up I-57 to Evanston to play the Northwestern Wildcats.  The Illini hope to keep the momentum going.  They are coming off a 7-2 home stand including a 2-1 series […]

Illinois Baseball sweep twin bill from Xavier

Castellanos and Kravetz get the job done Thanks to a pair of solid pitching performances by Ryan Castellanos and John Kravetz as well as some offensive support from the hitting crew, the Illinois baseball team swept the Xavier Musketeers in today’s doubleheader.  Both Castellanos and Kravetz improved their records to 2-1 for the season.  Meanwhile […]

Illinois Baseball to help SIU inaugurate Itchy Jones Stadium this weekend

While every series with friendly rival Southern Illinois University is a little special, this weekend’s three-game set down in Carbondale holds a special meaning for both teams.  They will be breaking in the brand spanking new Itchy Jones Stadium, the new home for the SIU Salukis baseball team.  Itchy Jones (seen left coaching for the […]

Illinois Baseball ‘Topped’ by WKU in three straight

A hard luck loss by Drasen Johnson on Sunday Illinois starting pitching was on target this weekend but that wasn’t enough for the Illini baseball squad.  A lack of offense contributed to a sweep by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers down in Bowling Green.  After an uplifting tournament a week ago, Illinois now stands at 6-7 […]